Maybe these twenty fascinating tidbits won’t blow your mind, but they might come in handy when watching Jeopardy or playing Trivial Pursuit!
The Titanic wreckage was discovered during a top-secret mission to search for sunken nuclear submarines. Robert Ballard asked the US Navy for funding to develop an advanced robotic submersible that would allow him to search for the wreckage. The navy liked his idea, but decided to use it to search for two lost US nuclear submarines instead. Ballard accepted and luckily finished the mission early, giving him extra time to search for and discover the sunken Titanic.
Grand Theft Auto V cost $265 million to make, the 2013 release the most expensive video game ever made. No need to feel sorry for developers at Rockstar because the game profited a shocking $1 million within 72 hours of release, and that was merely a drop in the bucket.
Roosters cannot hear themselves when they crow. By opening their jaws, their outer ear canals close, acting as a sort of natural earplug.
Women are banned from the entire Greek peninsula where Mount Athos is located. The area is an autonomous region controlled by the Greek Orthodox Church and is home to a collection of monasteries since the 4th century AD.
Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Ireland has been open for business since about 900 AD. Records of every owner of the pub since its founding exist to prove this fact. The bar sits in the middle of a town that is more or less smack in the center of Ireland.
Reindeer in the Arctic have the ability to see ultraviolet light. The better to see in a world that is very bright and white!
The longest railway in the world is the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia. It runs from Moscow to Vladivostok in the far east of the country, a total of 5,778 miles (9.300 km).
The famed Panama Hat worn by stylish heads from President Theodore Roosevelt to Brad Pitt since the 1800s are not originally from Panama. They are made from Toquilla palm, a native plant in Ecuador. Exports of the hats to Panama sold like crazy, the name gaining popularity over the country of origin.
IKEA is an acronym which stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, which is the founder’s name, farm where he grew up, and hometown.
Researches have found that flossing your teeth can help your memory. Flossing prevents gum disease, which prevents stiff blood vessels, which cause memory issues.
Over 290 people have died climbing Mount Everest since 1922. Most deaths occur because of avalanches, and not all bodies have been recovered.
Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman. The country was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French.
Llamas can be used as guards against coyote attacks on sheep herds. Studies have proven that just one guard llama is an effective protector and can even kill the attacking coyotes.
Cruise ships have morgues that can store up to 10 bodies at once. The average amount of people that die on cruise ships per year is 200.
Times Square was originally called Longacre Square until it was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly built Times Building.
There is a village in Russia called Tsovkra where every resident can tightrope walk. It is a tradition that dates back over 100 years but no one knows how it started.
During the 1908 Olympics in London, the Russians showed up 12 days late due to the fact that they were using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
Bees actually have knees. The expression comes from the fact that they store large build-ups of pollen in hairy baskets on their knees.